There’s something exquisite about the soft dreamy light of the south of France and Rob and Katy’s super romantic day is filled to the brim with it.
I adore this wedding and not just because there’s a Château and a vineyard and crazy beautiful architecture and sun-kissed happy people but because it’s proof that you don’t need to go overboard on all the details to make your day a rip-roaring success.
I also have to say that I am loving Rob and Katy’s sartorial choices. Rob is effortlessly cool in his very french blue and white striped shirt and blue suede brogues (actually I wouldn’t mind a pair of those myself!) and Katy steals the show in her Givenchy inspired delicate wedding dress which Rob’s mum made for her. I know! How rad is that! I’m more than a little bit smitten with the back detailing too and her L.K.Bennett heels are the perfect finishing touch.
Lastly I am totally game for a three day wedding in the South of France so if anyone’s hosting such a do then I’m more than happy to pop along. Honestly, it wouldn’t be a bother. At all.
Katy The Bride:Our three day wedding took place at Chateau du Puits es Pratx in Southern France. We both knew we wanted to get married in France (preferably in the South for the sun!) and wanted something intimate and relaxed. The ceremony took place in the Vineyard at the back of the Chateau, followed by a champagne reception on the front garden before the banquet outside in the courtyard.
It was great to have the whole venue reserved for all of our fifty guests with most staying in the chateau or chateau grounds. They all stayed for three nights, so nothing ever seemed like it was rushed as everyone had chance to eat and drink the day before and after the wedding.
I opted for a very natural look with just a hint of colour on my lips. I created my look using the brands I use everyday which include Clarins and MAC. My hair is naturally curly so I wanted it to just look relaxed and natural, again I did this myself.
My dress was actually made by my lovely mother-in-law. I had found lots of ideas and images online but the winner was a dress created by Givenchy and together through many fitting and brain storming evenings the dress took shape. It was so light and comfortable which was ideal as it turned out to be 35 degrees on the day!
As my dress was shorter at the front the shoes were a very important factor for me. After months of searching I decided on my L.K. Bennett shoes, which were just perfect for my style- a little different but pretty.
We had two bridesmaids and two best men. We wanted them to be relaxed and comfortable in the warm weather, so the bridesmaids wore simple cream dresses from Topshop. The best men were free to wear what they liked topped off with a handmade and initialed pale yellow pocket square for them and the four ushers.
Our first short reading nearly didn’t happen, as we’d all forgotten to print a copy for the bridesmaid to read – iPhone to the rescue! Our second reading was from two of the ushers who’d written themselves and wanted it to be a surprise for Rob and I. It was a double act with the first usher reading his poem about our time together. This was intertwined with the second usher occasionally bursting into a-cappella Beatles songs to fit the poem’s theme! Beforehand they’d sneakily handed song cards to the congregation so they could all join in with the singing.
We picked a great group called the Mojo band for the entertainment. They were a 8 piece blues/swing band made up of mostly French guys, who obviously just loved playing! They played lots of easy to dance to songs rhythm & blues, that everybody loved which was great – it was a bit of a punt!
Fortunately Sasha, the co-owner of the Chateau was a professional chef so we knew we we were in pretty good hands when it came to the catering. Her amazing team served a mixture of home marinated Salmon carpaccio, chicken patés, selections of Saucisson sec and foies, confit du canard and lamb a la Francaise.
For our wedding ‘cake’ they offered the chance to have a traditional French version called a pièce montée. This is basically a huge pyramid-like mound of profiteroles covered in caramel that is to be ‘cut’ with a hammer – how could we resist?!
Our photographers were probably the most important thing for us to make sure we chose right. Both Rob & I knew we didn’t want to scrimp on quality as we’d have these photos for the rest of our lives. We came across M&J Photography which is made up of a lovely couple called Jonny & Morgane. Their portfolio and style was exactly the type of shots we wanted to suit our wedding and they had already photographed lots of weddings in Northern Europe – perfect! It was great to have two photographers on the day to capture every little detail, and this is really evident in the quality of our pics!
We should also give a special mention to Tim & Sasha, the lovely couple who own the beautiful Chateau. They and their great team couldn’t have been more helpful and receptive to our wants and needs. If you’re thinking of getting married in Southern France, we really can’t recommend them highly enough.